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School of Performing Arts

Musical Theatre

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

The BA Musical Theatre course at Wolverhampton offers a unique opportunity to develop performance skills in a department at the cutting edge of international musical theatre research.

The BA Musical Theatre course at Wolverhampton offers a unique opportunity to develop performance skills in a department at the cutting edge of international musical theatre research.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W312
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

The BA Musical Theatre course at Wolverhampton offers a unique opportunity to develop performance skills in a department at the cutting edge of international musical theatre research. Our staff members have professional industry experience as musical directors, choreographers, performers, dramaturgs and writers, and this is reflected in the breadth of the course. 

The course is vocationally-led and aims to enhance your future employability so that by the end of the course, you will have the know-how to develop your professional skills further.  The balance of practical and academic work in the programme allows for a wide range of career choices upon graduation.

Can't decide on which course you love most?  Why not look at our joint options BA (Hons) Drama and Musical Theatre.

What happens on the course?

Our course prepares students for employment in all areas of musical theatre and beyond.  The practical element of the course focuses on fundamental and advanced performance techniques to explore the musical theatre repertoire.  There is a particular focus on contemporary musical theatre, and students are encouraged to enhance and expand their chosen repertoire through weekly individual singing lessons with professional vocal tutors.  Practical work is supported by an outstanding academic programme that investigates how identity shapes our experience of musicals as creatives, performers and audience members through the lenses of gender, race, nationality, sexuality and class.  The continued dialogue between practical and academic skills make our graduates particularly versatile for future employment prospects, as evidenced in our graduate employment rate.

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Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Wolverhampton is at the heart of the thriving West Midlands performing arts scene that includes three major touring houses in the Wolverhampton Grand, the Birmingham Hippodrome and the Alexandra Theatre as well as the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.  There is also a lively fringe scene in Birmingham, particularly at the Old Joint Stock Theatre, and a range of amateur companies throughout the Black Country.  The University has its own professionally-run Arena Theatre, and students regularly take part in public performances at this venue.

The course itself is taught on our Walsall campus in the purpose-built Performance Hub, which is equipped with five dance and drama studios, a recording studio and a fully operational black box theatre.  There is also a swimming pool and gym onsite, and there are regular buses to both Birmingham and Wolverhampton from the edge of campus.  The department regularly invites practitioners to work with students – past visitors include Layton Williams (Billy Elliot, Hairspray, Rent), Cleve September (In The Heights, Hamilton) and Matt Rawle (Evita, Pippin) as well as musical theatre writers and producers.

The member of academic staff who leads this course is James Lovelock

 

At the end of this course you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of forms, practices, traditions, texts, theories and histories of musical theatre in their cultural, historical and contemporary contexts.

2. Engage with, participate in, and perform musical theatre in a range of contexts

3. Analyse and evaluate differing arguments about musical theatre and performance more broadly in a variety of regional, national and international contexts.

4. Have the ability to use current and relevant musical theatre and performance related skills and technologies to enhance your employment prospects

5. Be able to apply a range of skills, techniques and new technologies to communicate information to specialist and non-specialist audiences and to find solutions to problems.

6. Understand the interplay between practice and theory, and between dance, drama and music, and be able to use those understandings in a dynamic, ethical and enterprising way.

 

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Additional materials: You will be required to purchase your own vocal straw/tube for singing exercises (approximate cost: £21). Appropriate dance or movement clothes should also be purchased.
Single honours musical theatre students will be required to provide personal dance equipment, including jazz shoes and tap shoes (approximate cost: £35). Purchasing character shoes may also be beneficial but is not compulsory.

Additional field trips: There will be opportunities to attend musicals and theatre performances in London and the UK; students are expected to cover the cost of this (approximately in the region of £10-35 per visit). Trips abroad will be arranged when possible and costs depend on availability and cohort size.

Additional events/performances: Students participate in a range of performances during their studies. Costs will vary according to the type of performance (recital, cabaret, scene study) but every effort is made to ensure that costs aren’t excessive. In some cases, you may be asked to provide your own costume where appropriate (cost depends on items required but can be in the region of £50).

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry         

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit
  • Rock School (RSL) L3 Extended Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts - grade M
  • UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts and Production Arts - grade M

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Audition. Read further information on the audition process here

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

 

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages



You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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